Why having a baby has made me a better coach

You may have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet on our end over the last few months. We’ve been a bit pre-occupied due to the arrival of our new baby Elke Mae in August. Elke is now 9 months old and I’ve had some time to reflect on the past year. In particular, how...

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Functional Conditioning for Tissu – Split Lunges

In part 2 of our series on functional conditioning for Tissu. We cover split lunges, another fantastic exercise for strengthening the gluteal muscles. By developing these muscle groups we provide strength and stability through the pelvis, helping to prevent injuries...

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Functional Conditioning – Assisted Squats

This is the first part in a series of functional conditioning exercises for aerialists. These exercises can be added to dynamic warm ups or strength training in your programs. In this first video, Free Coulston, physiotherapist and co founder of Circus Training...

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6 Reasons I love coaching

What made you start teaching circus skills? Did your coach ask you to help out on a class? Were you drawn to the idea of sharing your knowledge with others? Although not everyone's experience, my first foray into coaching seems similar to many others I’ve asked this...

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Why buying aerial silk fabric at Spotlight is a bad idea

We’ve all heard it “Did you see the girl who made an act out of climbing the drapes?” or what about “I could do that, I’m going to go home and practice on my curtains”. Oh my. The jokes. So witty. Pure hilarity. What’s not hilarious is people who grab some material...

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Aerial Silks, knees, and how to prevent injuries.

Last year, I was asked a question by another aerial coach, which was both intriguing, and at first a bit of a puzzler. She was wondering, “How do you prevent knee injuries on tissu when dropping to one knee?” This was a great question as I had not witnessed this...

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How to set exciting goals for you and your students

Some circus types love training for the sheer physical thrill of it, while some train so they can have more tricks to perform, others see training as a way to challenge themselves. Regardless of the motivations, once your students have the circus bug, it’s definitely...

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The start of a new circus

Bathurst, 1996. Charles Sturt University. A small group of theatre students put together a lively and well received circus show as part of the Bathurst 1000 car race, and the company Circus Monoxide was born! Within a year the group took ownership of a bus, painted it...

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Motor Learning Made Simple

Research has shown that regardless of the physical skill being taught, learners have some distinct commonalities. If we as coaches understand these similarities, we can use them to ensure success for our students. According to one of the earliest theorists in the area...

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8 traits of an awesome circus coach (with infographic)

What things do great coaches do? What helps to make them awesome? After years of working with other coaches, there are some distinct traits that seem to crop up again and again. Although this is not an exhaustive list, all the coaches that inspire me certainly tick...

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Where do we cross the line?

One arguably important aspect of circus is the element of danger. Incorporated into a circus class, facing danger can have transformative effects on students. There is much to be gained facing something fearful and rising to the occasion to conquer it. In some cases...

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Are you safe? Can you prove it?

With all the best intentions, injuries can and do happen when running circus classes, and when these do, they open up the possibility of legal action against both the coach and the circus school or club. In the unfortunate event this happens to you, you may find...

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